Hanyu makes emotional return to Yokohama rink

Aug 16, 2017

Hanyu makes emotional return to Yokohama rink

Two-time figure skating world champion and 2014 Sochi Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu performed an exhibition program Wednesday at a rink where he has special memories. After skating to Japanese pop song "Hana ni Nare" at the Bank of Yokohama Ice Arena, Hanyu offered free ...

Attack of the giant Pikachus

Aug 14, 2017

Attack of the giant Pikachus

More than 100 Pikachus danced and paraded in Yokohama on Monday as part of a festival celebrating the mobile phone game Pokemon Go. [video_embed number="2"] "When a lot of Pikachus appeared, they were so cute I couldn't handle it," said Ken Kuno, 36, after watching the ...

Yokohama Mayor Hayashi easily wins third term

/ Jul 31, 2017

Yokohama Mayor Hayashi easily wins third term

Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi cruised to a third four-year term on Sunday by defeating two former national and local politicians. The 71-year-old, who had the backing of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner, Komeito, beat former House of Representatives member ...

Diet enacts law to upgrade ports for cruise ship boom

Jun 2, 2017

Diet enacts law to upgrade ports for cruise ship boom

The Diet enacted a law Friday for upgrading key ports across Japan to attract more tourists on cruise ships under joint efforts by the public and private sectors. The amendment of the existing port law allows cruise ship operators to use piers on a priority ...

Noxious gas sickens 16 at Yokohama food factory

May 24, 2017

Noxious gas sickens 16 at Yokohama food factory

Sixteen people were hospitalized after inhaling a noxious gas at a food-processing factory in Yokohama, officials with the municipal fire department said. The incident occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday at a Foods System factory in Isogo Ward when chemicals were being mixed to clean ...